U2

U2 360° At The Rose Bowl (Universal)

I hate U2! Thirty years after I first heard I Will Follow, the Irish quartet continue to amaze – now only with their magnificient music – but also in their dogged commitment to their craft and to their fans. How do they do it? This astonishing record of U2’s 25 October 2009 gig at the Rose Bowl prove that Bono, Edge, Larry Mullen Jr and Adam Clayton are still on top of the game. Besides the band, the star of the show is the incredible structure that functions as the stage. In the 2nd DVD, you can watch (slack-jawed, I’d wager) the documentary on how U2 and their team put 360° together, and your admiration for the whole operation will only grow.

The 1st DVD features the concert proper and it is a glorious affair as U2 performs old and new material including favorites like Beautiful Day, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, The Unforgettable Fire, Vertigo, Magnificient, With or Without You… you know the drill. For me personally, the best moment was when, during Walk On, Bono brought out U2’s considerable influence to bear in favour of the detained Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi, encouraging fans to wear masks of Aung San Suu Kyi. Now, how many mega-selling bands can pull off such political activism within the context of a rock concert? Truly astonishing.

If you’re a U2 fan (which I’m sure most of you are), you’ll thoroughly enjoy this live DVD.

Click here to win a Deluxe Edition of U2 360°! Closing date – 11 July 2010. Hurry!

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